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MS Dhoni is Going Nowhere, He Just Wanted to Show the Ball to the Bowling Coach: Ravi Shastri

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 19, 2018, 8:48 AM IST
MS Dhoni is Going Nowhere, He Just Wanted to Show the Ball to the Bowling Coach: Ravi Shastri

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New Delhi: The cricketing world went into a tizzy with video grabs showing former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking the match ball from the umpire at the end of the third ODI against England at Headingley on Tuesday. With players generally taking the ball only after an impressive show, people started wondering if this was the end of the road for the Man with the Midas touch and whether he would call it a day.

But chief coach Ravi Shastri has dismissed the speculations and said that the idea was to show the ball to bowling coach Bharat Arun and get a fair idea of the conditions.

"MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like," Shastri told TOI.

The coach in his typical style said that MSD was here to stay and there was no question of him retiring. "That's rubbish. MS is not going anywhere," Shastri confirmed.

While pundits have been critical of Dhoni’s diminishing skills as a finisher, Shastri said that the old warhorse was still an asset considering what he brings to the table.

"But right now, all this clamour is nonsense. He just wanted to show the ball to Arun to just have a look at it after close to 45 overs had been bowled," he said.
First Published: July 19, 2018, 8:13 AM IST
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